Maura Healey

Healey joins Dem. governors' meeting with Biden at White House

Some Democratic party leaders have shared concerns that Biden's age may hurt his reelection bid, and on Wednesday, The Boston Globe's editorial board called on him to step aside

Boston, MA - December 5: President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu share a moment together as the president arrives at Logan Airport.
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Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey and Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee are traveling to the White House Wednesday for a meeting between Democratic state governors and President Joe Biden.

Representatives for Healey and McKee confirmed to NBC10 Boston Wednesday they are taking part in the meeting, which comes as Biden struggles to deal with the fallout of his debate performance against former President Donald Trump last week, including concerns from some in party leadership that his age may hurt his reelection bid.



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Biden is trailing Trump in many polls. On Wednesday, the editorial board of The Boston Globe joined others, including the New York Times', in calling for Biden to step aside and let a new Democrat run for president.

"For the good of the country, his party, and his legacy, Biden must do this. And soon," the Globe's editorial read.

Many of the governors spoke by phone on Monday, in a called organized by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who leads the Democratic Governors Association, to discuss how the party will move forward following Thursday's debate, two Democratic sources told NBC News. The governors had no staff on the line, nor did staff from the White House or the Biden campaign join.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills will join the meeting remotely, according to the Globe.

The meeting with Democratic governors is noted on the White House's public schedule for Biden. It will take place in the Roosevelt Room, after the president holds a Medal of Honor ceremony, and will be closed to the press; the full list of participants hasn't been released.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited a Georgia waffle house following Thursday night's debate with former president Donald Trump.

Walz told The Associated Press afterward that the governors spoke to "what was obviously a poor performance" in the debate, with participants "asking questions about, what is the plan?"

Waltz said he expects Wednesday’s meeting to address "some of the same concerns."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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